Elite Women's Care
Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Hoffman Estates, IL
Ultrasound is a noninvasive, safe screening test to view an unborn baby or evaluate the health of your pelvic organs. At Elite Women’s Care in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, you can have in-office ultrasounds rather than having to visit a separate facility. This saves you time and expedites your diagnosis. Take advantage of the expert ultrasound services and evaluations by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
Ultrasound Q & A
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound uses sound waves to see inside your body. It’s noninvasive and uses no radiation, meaning ultrasound is completely safe for a growing baby and your internal organs.
During an ultrasound, also called sonogram, a technician runs a wand called a transducer over the area to be examined. The transducer delivers high-frequency sound waves into your body.
When the sound waves hit an object, they bounce back so that a computer can collect them and create an image.
What types of gynecological issues call for an ultrasound?
You may be most familiar with an ultrasound to examine an unborn baby. The image tells the doctors about your baby’s growth, gender, and any possible health concerns.
An ultrasound may also be ordered to evaluate the health of your pelvic organs. A pelvic ultrasound creates images of your:
- Fallopian tubes
Which organs are examined during a pelvic ultrasound depend on the suspected cause for any symptoms you’re experiencing.
What types of ultrasound tests are available?
You may undergo an abdominal or transvaginal ultrasound. A transvaginal ultrasound gives the doctors the best view of your uterine lining, interior walls of the uterus, and ovaries. During this type of ultrasound, the technician inserts the sterile transducer into your vagina.
An abdominal ultrasound is an external test, and the transducer runs across your belly and pelvic area only.
What symptoms indicate the need for a gynecological ultrasound?
You may need an ultrasound to help diagnose pelvic pain. An ultrasound is also a helpful diagnostic tool in the following cases:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Unexplained infertility
- Irregular menses
- Suspected ovarian or uterine cancer
- Examination of the endometrium (uterine lining)
If the doctor feels a mass or cyst during a pelvic exam, they may order an ultrasound to get a better idea of its location and characteristics.
Of course, you also receive regular ultrasounds during a routine pregnancy. Usually, this is scheduled at 18-20 weeks of gestation.
Some women may undergo an ultrasound earlier, before 14 weeks, to check the health and development of the fetus. If your pregnancy is deemed high risk, you may have more frequent ultrasounds.
For all of your gynecological ultrasound needs, contact Elite Women’s Care. Call for an appointment or book your visit online today.
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